At http://www.colorado.edu/math/earthmath one finds the text “Mathematics for the Environment”, for a college course, the ultimate goal of which is the discovery and understanding of any fundamental principles that might govern the relationships of society to the environment. The mathematics is kept
elementary and thus widely accessible.
There are mathematical patterns which take the form of laws, potentially revisable, which apply to society and Nature. The current financial crisis is in large part a result of violating both rather fixed mathematical rules and some social rules which are to some extent negotiable among humans. Coming crises, such as those stemming from climate change, arise from violating rules of Nature
which are not negotiable. We discuss these principles and possible mitigations of probable future disasters.
|Keywords:||Mathematics, Economics, Ecology, Crisis, Fundamental Principles, Education|
Profesor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA